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Anime Diet + Lacoste LIVE: Wednesday May 29, 7-9 PM!

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We are proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 29, 7-9 PM, we will be taking part in Lacoste’s NYC launch party for their new Osamu Tezuka inspired clothing and shoe line! Gendomike will be giving a half hour talk about Tezuka, the history of anime and manga in America, and the influence it’s had on culture (including clothing and fashion).

We’re really excited about this, and we invite everyone to come, especially our East Coast and NYC fans! Again, this it’s Wednesday night, at Lacoste’s Soho Boutique on 541 Broadway, New York City:


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Tell everyone you know who might be interested to join the party! There will be snacks, food, and drink available.

More to come in the next couple of days! See you there.

Introducing: Anime Diet Games

Play it right.

I’m pleased to announce the official opening of Anime Diet Games, a dedicated branch of the site dedicated to video games of all kinds! While we’ll always have a special focus on Japanese pop culture, we’ll be expanding into the rest of the gaming universe too with this new section. Of course, if you go to the section now, you’ll see that we’ve always talked about games every once in a while. But now we’ve decided to pick up our controllers and mash some buttons, so we can cover gaming with the same professionalism and brio that we’ve done with conventions, anime, and manga.

As for me—I wrote years ago that it was JRPGs that actually brought me into anime fandom, not the other way around. Perhaps some of you have had the same experience. We’ve already written about games like Final Fantasy XIII, Eternal Sonata, Alteil, and Skullgirls, and even have footage of Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. The gaming culture is tightly linked to the rest of things we’ve always covered, and it’ll give us a chance to talk in depth about things that matter to fans and otaku outside of just the shows and the cons we watch and attend. (And those cons: the gaming cons, from E3 to PAX, are now on our radars!)

So visit our gaming section at the following links:

http://gaming.animediet.net

http://animediet.net/gaming

Stay tuned folks. We’re about to get busier. As an ill-localized anime title put it: asobi ni iku yo (let’s play)! *

 

Hi there (again). We’re Anime Diet.

EDIT (6/20/2011): new round of voting has started! Please vote for us right over here. Thanks!

Why hello Internet sailors. :) Welcome to our site. Perhaps because you came here through a certain Aniblog Tourney that we’re competing in today. If so, we’re glad you’re considering us for one of your two votes in the Group Round. We hope you like what you find here and humbly ask for your vote alongside one for our fine colleagues at Emory University, Shinde Iie, and Anime B&B.

Yes, we do anime reviews and editorials. But we’re so much more than that! Our first class convention coverage reports on anime cons across the United States and given us access to numerous guests of honor for interview and yielded definitive transcripts, reports, and videos. Our original podcast, one of the earliest in the ‘sphere, has entertained thousands and is preparing for a revival after a long hiatus. In the past, we even did Onion-style fake news and April Fool’s Day jokes. We’ve also been known to do original songs, love letters, and poem parodies. Our diverse staff specializes from everything to manga to music to shounen to theology to moe.

Already decided to vote for us? You can do it right here!

But if you need a taste of our work first, here’s a sampling of some of our best over our six year life. We hope you enjoy it.


Editorial blogging is our bread and butter. We’ve always been strong at editorials, analysis, and other non-review pieces. Some of them were controversial, and others were reflective and personal. More recently some of our best writing has been in the more confessional, “Diary of an Anime Lived” mode.


Reviewing anime is of course crucial to who we are. While we’re not a true episodic blog (though we are currently covering every Lupin III: Fujiko Mine episode, and have done all of Code Geass R2 and most of Claymore), we have reviewed plenty of TV series, OAVs, and films over the years. Here’s a few of the best ones.

Manga Reviews


We have had the immense privilege of interviewing, transcribing, and otherwise being in the presence of numerous Guests of Honor at conventions since late 2007. The list of names says it all—and this isn’t even all of them.


Our convention coverage has always been backed up by video, whether it’s of video diaries in the early days or interview and concert footage. Check out our Youtube and Vimeo channels for the rest! This is a tiny excerpt.

Anime Expo 2007 Video Diaries
These were the videos that started it all: a fan diary that became an accidental expose of the mishaps of AX 2007. Taken without press access, we’ll never be this innocent again :)

May’n Concert Footage (AX 2010)
Part of the concert that later included Megumi Nakajima and surprise guest Yoko Kanno. Our most popular video! (and check out Monsieur LaMoe’s ecstatic review too. He shot this video.)

Kenji Kamiyama and company on Eden of the East
Perhaps one of the most insightful interviews in our collection, in which Kamiyama discusses his intent in depth for Eden of the East and Ghost in the Shell.

Hatsune Miku/Mikunopolis Concert Videos
Too hot for Youtube! Locally hosted with full permission. Six songs from the Hatsune Miku concert at AX 2011.

Click here to access the videos page.

And that’s just a taste…the list goes on and on. We hope that will influence you to vote in our favor, but why don’t we have Ichigo from Bleach have the last word?

Thanks! See you at the polls!

Anime Expo 2011 – NIS America Industry Panel

A relative newcomer to US anime distribution, game company NIS America kicked off the Anime Expo industry panels this year with a trailer to their new show Arakawa: Under the Bridge.  PR Manager Nao Zook with special guests Director of Localization Eugene Chen, and Producer Mitsu Hiraoka hosted the panel.  Chen and Hiraoka both arrived in costume as characters from the Arakawa: Under the Bridge.

The panelists spoke about the video issues and delays they experienced on some of their first releases, like Toradora and Persona Trinity Soul, saying they have fixed any such issues for future releases and that they have worked very hard to improve on quality.  “It has been a learning experience,” said Hiraoka.  The panelist discussed on how the focus has shifted to quality taking precedence over the creativity of their releases (i.e. fancy box sets with bonus art books and the like), though they acknowledged that these extra perks are the driving force to purchase the NIS products.  This was followed by a trailer for their release of Katana Gatari.

Their direction for the future will be 100% quality for all their anime and video game products, with an emphasis on value over price.  “We put all of our energy and passion into our products,” Hiraoka said.  They also said there are currently no plans to dub any of their anime titles and that this decision is purely for financial reasons.  Simply, they would dump all of their profits into hiring voice talent for the dub.  Subtitles are much easier to make a profit on, and doing voiceover may be an unnecessary risk in the current anime market.  The third preview trailer was shown for Wagnaria (Working!!).

The panel discussed what they look for when licensing titles.  Basically, they want story driven and silly titles.  “We are very sincere to be silly,” Hiraoka said.  Also they look to be the Anti-Fan Service option, though this slide was accompanied by some very cheesecakey images from other NIS titles like Our Home’s Fox Deity.  A brand new trailer for the previously unannounced acquisition for Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera was then shown, but given no firm date of release.

Chen went on to describe the three different kinds of localization approaches NIS America uses when translating their titles, with video examples of each.   This was followed by a Q&A from fans.  One fan asked if popularity in Japan influenced what titles NIS considered licensing for US release, to which the answer was no.  Another fan asked about Blu-Ray releases to which Chen replied that if they can get the Blu-ray license for their titles they would definitely consider it.  After the Q&A, one final surprise trailer was shown for the previously unannounced Kimi Ni Todoke which will be available in October.

The Puella Magi Contract Memorial Wall: Your Wishes, Reprinted

Examples of the victims we are honoring.

Three weeks ago, Anime Diet was seized by Kyubey in a hostile takeover, in order to drive innocent girls to make Puella Magi contracts.  We all know the tragic consequences of these devilish deals and it was only through great effort and struggle that the site was restored to normal.

And now that all is once again right with the world, we wish to honor all the fallen souls by listing the best wishes that were made. They reflect the hopes and dreams of people, the aspirations that would cause someone to give everything up. We must remember them.

Some entries describe the wishes of many people:

world peace  —anonymous

And others were, well, just strange.

I want to become a famous poodle. ^_^ —Bob Smith

Please turn all men with a mole on their back into lizards! —animemiz

Another wanted objects of value.

i want lots of money to buy lots of figurines :D  —silk hat

And others were motivated by love (names withheld in first entry to protect the innocent):

To make my long time childhood friend and crush forcibly take me away from my current boy friend.

Homura Akemi as my new assistant. —The Doctor

There were some surprising, familiar names who wished for very specific fates.

I wish I could fucking murder that asshole Kira Yamato. —Shinn Asuka

I wish my head wouldn’t hurt so much when I use my eyes... —Shiki Tohno

I wish Rin were more healthy.Len Kagamine

Others seemed well aware of the risks and were perhaps more in tune with reality than we thought.

To not turn into a witch and keep my soul in my body. —Lisa Simpson

And, finally, wishes we can all easily agree upon. Especially the last one.

I wish for a speedy and somewhat uplifting ending to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. —Michael is Low on Hit Points

I wish this page to receive no more visits. :p —Abril Pinero

The last wish has already come true. No more contracts will ever be made.

Thank you to all the souls who gave their lives for good and for their contributions! A final debriefing (ie, a review of Madoka Magica) will commence tomorrow.

 

Anime and Manga Bloggers For Japan: Please Join Us.

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Most of you are no doubt aware of the tragic situation happening in Japan. If you want to help out, please join us with the growing list of anime and manga bloggers in joining Daniella of allaboutmanga‘s drive to raise money for Doctors Without Borders and Shelterbox. Both charities are well-regarded and are already on the ground in Japan, doing their essential work for the people who need it most. Please help especially if you are a blogger yourself: spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, and other networks too! As a community, this is our moment to band together and give back to the country whose culture has enriched our lives so much.

You can find out more at the newly open website for the campaign at

http://www.bloggers4japan.com

Keep checking the site as there will be many updates to come in the next few days! Let me or Daniella know, or leave a comment on the guestbook if you are a blogger that has donated, so we can add you to the honor roll.

Thanks. Please donate as much as you can to this important cause.

Anime Diet is Four Years Old Today

Has it already been 4 years? Yes it has! Anime Diet, which started as a humble little website called Scattered Cels (see our embarrassing first post here), turns four years old today! In the process, we have gotten a new site layout, massive convention coverage, new staff members, a huge expansion in our Facebook fanbase, and the highest consistent site traffic we’ve ever gotten in our history (1000 visits per day).

Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to the site and to all of you dear readers who making us who we are! Y’all are the best. Here’s to many more anniversaries!

Welcome to Anime Diet 5.0! (and Welcome Aniblog Tourney Readers)

Welcome to the latest incarnation of Anime Diet! This is the sixth major revision of the website since its founding as Scattered Cels in late 2006, though the last one was more of an evolutionary upgrade. This one is a bit more radical, as you can see. We hope that things are a bit less cluttered and more clear with this new, clean layout, which is based on Maimpok by Padd Solutions.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to readers coming in from the Aniblog Tourney. Thanks for coming to Anime Diet–we’ve been around for a while and we feel we have a lot to offer in the way of reviews, podcasts, and convention coverage. (There’s even more con coverage at our Youtube channel.) We would greatly appreciate your votes in the tournament, of course!

One of the beneficial side effects has been that many bloggers have received constructive comments. We welcome those as well, in our comments section as well as on the relevant page at the Tourney site.

Thanks for visiting! Again, if after visiting our worthy counterpart Anime Princess you decide you prefer us–vote Anime Diet in the tourney!

The Anime Diet State of the Union Address

The Anime Diet State of the Union Address

– By Ray Hu, representing all for this moment in time.

February 26, 2010

My fellow Otakus:

As Anime Diet enters its third year, I’m reminded of the tracks that we have carved in the history of anime fandom. As fellow anime lovers, or otakus, if you so dare, we have been fighting. Yes, fighting. Just as you have struggled through the last decade engaged in mortal combat with changes, finance issues, work, school, relationships, and any other seemingly trivial but strong foes. You have waged war with the enemies with all your heart, your might and your strength, and at the end of the grueling match, you have come out on top, and that’s why you’re reading and hearing this. I congratulate you for your bravery and resourcefulness in managing social upheavals as well as other concerns that have been of the utmost importance in your lives. As for us,

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LA “Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” Event: Call for Photos, Video Footage!

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Those of you in the LA area might be aware that a TV-Tokyo program is going to interview Haruhi fans at Anime Jungle on Monday, January 25, at 5:30 PM PST! Details from Anime News Network:

Cine-tsu, a Japanese television series for filmgoers, wants to film Haruhi Suzumiya fans in Los Angeles next Monday for an upcoming episode about The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu) film.

The TV Tokyo program will film its segment at the Anime Jungle store in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the store invites fans to come — cosplayers in particular, and Haruhi cosplayers especially. The event will start at 5:30 p.m.

Now, I will almost certainly be there. Dressed as Kyon, no less. Other staff may join too. However, we’re going to try something a little different here…we also want you, our readers, listeners, and viewers, to send us links to your own footage and photos when it’s over! When you do, we’ll feature it in the follow-up post. That’s right: we’re crowdsourcing for great justice and we want to show off your work alongside ours. We’d like to get all of you involved and active in the coverage of this event, and in the future we may try this for cons, too.

So–does anyone plan to be there? Leave a comment here if you do, and let’s try to meet up. And when you have stuff you’d like to share, just post links here too, or email them to editor@animediet.net and we’ll feature them!